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Facial Motion Capture Helps Bring VR Documentary to Life


The documentary follows the rehabilitation of Anna following a severe head injury.

Researchers have developed a virtual reality documentary which allows the viewer to step into the shoes of two girls to discover how their lives change after one suffers a head injury.

Credit: University of Bath (U.K.)

Researchers at the University of Bath's Center for the Analysis of Motion, Entertainment Research and Applications (CAMERA) in the U.K. have developed a virtual reality (VR) documentary titled "Is Anna OK?" which allows the viewer to step into the shoes of two girls to discover how their lives change after one suffers a head injury from being hit by a car.

Users can experience the documentary from a range of viewpoints, exploring the victim's fragmented memories and piecing together the story of what happened.

The researchers used motion capture technology to make the movement of the characters more realistic, including state-of-the-art methods in facial animation to analyze the three-dimensional (3D) movement of the actor's face and transfer it onto the face of the animated character.

Said CAMERA's Darren Cosker, "This method is much easier for the animators to edit and tweak movements rather than building a new animated face from scratch."

 

From University of Bath (U.K.)
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